Mathias Rust

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Mathias Rust (born 1 June 1968) is a German aviator known for his flight that ended with a landing near Red Square in Moscow on 28 May 1987. A teenage amateur pilot, he flew from Helsinki, Finland, to Moscow, being tracked several times by Soviet Air Defence Forces and civilian air traffic controllers, as well as Soviet Air Force interceptor aircraft. The Soviet fighters did not receive permission to shoot him down, and his aeroplane was mistaken for a friendly aircraft several times. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mathias Rust has received more than 850,426 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Mathias Rust is the 21st most popular pilot (down from 19th in 2019), the 2,123rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,865th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Pilot.

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Among pilots, Mathias Rust ranks 21 out of 48Before him are Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Joseph Kittinger, Chuck Yeager, Valery Chkalov, Carl Gustaf von Rosen, and René Fonck. After him are Amet-khan Sultan, Amy Johnson, Claire Lee Chennault, Igor Volk, Charles Nungesser, and Vladimir Ilyushin.

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Among people born in 1968, Mathias Rust ranks 43Before him are Lucy Lawless, Lisa Marie Presley, Patricia Arquette, Sam Rockwell, Marc Anthony, and Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. After him are Terry Crews, Thom Yorke, DJ BoBo, Toni Kukoč, Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and Stefan Effenberg.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Mathias Rust ranks 2,123 out of 5,289Before him are Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen (1746), Bernd Rosemeyer (1909), Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (1922), Wilhelm Schmidt (1868), Ambrosius Holbein (1494), and Leopold II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau (1700). After him are Princess Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst (1679), Gertrude of Saxony (1030), Ludwig Reichenbach (1793), Adalbert of Hamburg (1000), Johannes Franz Hartmann (1865), and Landgravine Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel (1627).

Among PILOTS In Germany

Among pilots born in Germany, Mathias Rust ranks 4Before him are Ernst Udet (1896), Adolf Galland (1912), and Hermann Graf (1912). After him are Gotthard Handrick (1908).